When the Government introduced its ID card legislation several years ago, it made one thing clear. Even though it would be obligatory to register on the ID database when obtaining a new passport, it would not be compulsory to carry a card. …. Continue reading
I knew it was bad, but I never imagined the sheer scale of the data leaks that have occurred in the last year or so.
Parliamentary answers from three Government Departments reveal that up to 260 officials were disciplined or dismissed “for alleged breaches of data protection requirements and inappropriate use of personal or sensitive data” in the past year.
Most of the people – 192 – were disciplined or dismissed at HM Revenue and Customs, which last November admitted losing personal details of 25 million people from the child benefit database.
As many as 45 officials could have been disciplined for data protection and personal information breaches at the Home Office agencies including 15 from the Identity and Passport Service in the year to the end of March.
Another 20 civil servants were disciplined at agencies run by the Department for Work and Pensions in the 12 months to the end of March.
Read the rest of the news article here.
Of course, these data leaks are only the ones that have been discovered and reported. It makes you shudder to think of the number of unreported, illegal, and accidental leaks.
And they want us to trust them to be the guardians of our identities…
Privacy International performs an annual survey to rank 36 countries – including 25 members of EU states, grading them for their ability to protect the privacy of their citizens.
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland were abysmally low down the list. Continue reading